By Gary Thomas
GE has celebrated the third anniversary of its Singapore Water Technology Centre at the National University of Singapore (NUS) during the 2012 Singapore International Water Week, which is being conducted from July 1 to 5, 2012.
Since its establishment in June 2009, GE Singapore Water Technology Centre has been playing a key part in the development of advanced solutions for efficient water reuse, water reclamation and seawater desalination. Besides accelerating basic research and industry advancement in water treatment, the center has also helped reinforce government partnerships in Singapore and throughout the globe.
The center is working on key research and development areas, which include systems engineering, membrane chemicals, advanced analytical technology, and electro-separations and pressure driven membrane technology. Its Analytical Technology laboratory is involved in new product launch activities, and provides scientific and analytical chemistry services to GE’s customers in the Asia Pacific region. The lab team and GE’s commercial team are working together to find solutions for clients' water use issues. Industrial analytical services provided by the lab include analyses of different kinds of water, microbes, wastewater, complex organics, deposits, ion exchange resins, and hydrocarbons; corrosion coupons testing; membrane autopsy and characterization; and metallurgy, surface and failure analysis.
The center’s membrane autopsy and characterization activities deliver results that help understand the reasons behind membrane malfunction. The center’s new membrane chemicals technology team leverages these results for innovative membrane cleaning solution development. The center has equipped with end-to-end capabilities for flat-sheet membranes that are utilized in electro-separations and pressure-driven systems for the whole product development spectrum.